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Deputy City Attorney The candidate, under the direction of the City, will perform a variety of complex legal functions; provide legal counsel and expertise to City departments, committees and commissions; and represent the City in litigation, negotiations, and other legal proceedings. Will provide a variety of professional legal services for various divisions or departments within the City. Prepare and draft a variety of legal documents and instruments including ordinances, resolutions, motions, briefs, contracts, and agreements. Review contracts and other documents for compliance with legal requirements. Serve in an advisory capacity to departments and divisions within the city. Provide legal counsel and expertise as needed to protect the best interests of the City. Research and prepare opinions on various legal problems for City departments, governing boards or officials; draft responses to inquiries regarding City legal matters. Investigate claims and complaints by or against the City and recommend action to be taken. Represent the City in administrative hearings and in municipal, State and federal courts. Defend suits and claims filed against the City. Prepare cases and represents the City at hearings before boards and commissions, such as the Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, LEOFF I Disability Board, Growth Hearing Board, and Boundary Review Board. Negotiate contracts and other agreements with private parties, other governmental bodies, and state and county agencies. Perform a variety of trial preparation duties including organizing case information, analyzing evidence and pertinent facts, interviewing witnesses, and developing arguments. Assure the maintenance of accurate and complete files and records related to litigation, legal opinions and professional information. Perform special projects requiring knowledge of municipal law and related legal issues.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have graduated with a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the ABA. Must have 3 years of increasingly responsible professional experience including 1 year of experience in municipal and civil law. Active membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association is required. Should have knowledge of: local, state, and federal civil laws and regulations, and constitutional law affecting municipalities; legal precedents and court decisions affecting local government is needed; municipal codes, regulations, and ordinances; municipal government structure and operations and the relationship between municipalities and other public jurisdictions; legal research and report writing functions; case file preparation and documentation; civil and criminal law procedures, rules and terminology; civil and criminal court procedures, rules, and litigation techniques; and IBM compatible computers and software applications related to assigned area of responsibility. Extensive knowledge of municipal, State and federal laws is required.
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